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[College of Arts and Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH (EN)

Professor Harold Weber, Interim Chairperson
Office: 103 Morgan Hall

Requirements for the major. The major in English requires 36 hours of EN courses, distributed as follows:

Requirements for the minor in English. The minor in English requires 21 hours including EN 205 and EN 206 or EN 209 and EN 210 (or honors equivalents). Twelve hours must be in courses numbered above 299, and three of those hours must be in courses numbered above 399. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Requirements for the minor in creative writing. The creative writing minor requires 18 hours, including 3 hours of EN 200, 3 hours of EN 301, 3 hours of EN 303, 3-6 hours of EN 308, and 3-6 hours from the following courses: EN 401, EN 403, and EN 410. At least 3 of the 18 hours in the minor must be at the 400 level. EN 308 may be repeated once for credit.

Honors in English. Any student with a superior aptitude for and a special interest in literature may apply for admission to the honors program in English. The program includes special classes for EN 205 (EN 215), EN 206 (EN 216), EN 209 (EN 219), and EN 210 (EN 220), and eligibility for the Senior Honors Seminar in Literature (EN 499). English majors who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 in English and 3.3 overall upon successfully completing the program and the honors seminar will be eligible for graduation with "honors in English." The honors seminar (EN 499) is designed in consultation with interested students, who are encouraged to suggest topics and course materials that best suit their academic interests. Seminars cover a variety of topics and works. The topic of a recent seminar was "The Idea of the West"; it included works by Homer, Virgil, Swift, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Charles Johnson.

Sigma Tau Delta. Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honor society, aims to promote a mastery of written expression, to encourage worthwhile reading, and to foster a spirit of fellowship among its members. Eligible for membership are students who have at least a 3.33 GPA for 12 hours of English and a 3.0 GPA overall and who are English or English/education majors, or English or creative writing minors. The society, along with the department, annually makes an award to the English major with the highest overall GPA.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the English Major
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
EN 1013
MATH33
Natural science4
Foreign language3-4
Humanities13
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16-17
Second Semester
CourseHours
EN 1023
History13
Natural science4
Fine arts13
Foreign language3-4
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16-17
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
EN 2053
EN 206, EN 209, or EN 2103
Minor 3
Foreign language3
Social and behavioral sciences13
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
EN 3003
300-level English: Area I3
Minor3
Foreign language3
Social and behavioral sciences13
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15
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
Minor3
Minor or elective3
300-level English: Area 23
300-level English 3
History or social and behavioral sciences13
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Minor3
Minor or elective3
English theory, writing, or linguistics
    course above 2993
EN elective3
Elective3
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15
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
EN elective3
EN electives above 3996
Elective3
Minor3
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
EN 400 or EN 4993
EN elective above 3993
Minor3
Electives6
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15
 
Total: At least 120

1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
3MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.

Graduate programs. The department offers programs leading to the master of arts, master of arts in teaching English as a second language, master of fine arts, and doctor of philosophy degrees, and to a certificate in rhetoric and composition. The general requirements for these degrees are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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